West Ham United Statement: Dialogue with Supporter Groups
West Ham United can today confirm the Club has reached out to the supporter groups represented within the West Ham Groups United to meet to begin constructive dialogue with the Club.
Vice Chairman Karren Brady has today written to the West Ham Groups United confirming:
"My Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have always been clear that, as a Board, we are only the Custodians of the Club on behalf of our supporters.
"We fully understand that our supporters are the lifeblood of the Club.
"We believe the groups that have come together have nothing but the best interests of the Club and its long-term future in mind. We understand they are seeking only constructive dialogue with the Club to engender unity. Their intention is only to bring positive suggestions to us as a Board that will help over time to improve the Club and the supporters’ matchday experience.
"David Sullivan, David Gold and I want to work with the supporters to make West Ham United one of the most successful clubs in the country and we know and understand that this only happens with collaboration and listening to our supporters.
"To this end, I can confirm we have requested a meeting to take place with representatives of the groups at the earliest opportunity.
"We hope that this will demonstrate how serious we are about listening and answering their issues. Uniting the Club is our primary focus as a Board.
"I hope the meeting will help us to more fully understand the agenda that we all need to work to together and that following the meeting we can aim for ongoing constructive dialogue to deliver a better experience for our supporters."
Spokesman Danny Swallow from West Ham Groups United said: “The supporters of the march have been concerned that the Board were not prepared to listen to the fans’ point of view. By agreeing to meet us those fears have rescinded. We are looking forward to open and constructive talks to the benefit of all West Ham United supporters.”